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Friday, October 6th, 2006

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[Bad username: Insomnia> has worked out whatever he needed to work out with the power that be. If you have any questions, please see his journal - he has community maintainer rights back, so I will be slipping into the background again where I am more comfortable. Thanks, <lj user=Iceblink> <lj-cut text=]

Mark's account insomnia has just been suspended without notice as a result of his efforts to determine who was behind some of the phony "sock puppet" accounts that have been used to post content to their sponsored communities. Some of the information he discovered led him to do a public whois search on a URL, which turned out to be maintained by someone he suspected may be a SixApart employee. He shared the results of his research in a community opposed to advertising, and was suspended soon afterwards. Someone from SixApart monitored the community.

At this point, Mark isn't sure whether or when he will have his account restored to him. He has indicated to me that he would like me to temporarily maintain his sfbayarea and burning_man communities, and encourages the people there to be nice to each other in his absence.

He hopes that his friends will spread the word to let his other friends know what's happened, and expects that SixApart will let him back on the site eventually. I hope his years of independent reporting on the personal stories and experiences of LiveJournal's users aren't permanently deleted because of this. He's tried to be there for a lot of people when they've needed help, and hopes that they'll try to return the favor and let their friends and his other friends know what happened.

I'm concerned that just by posting this I could endanger my account too, so just in case anything happens I have a myspace account as violane. So if I am gone or suspended for whatever reason, you can contact me there.

insomnia has been suspended!!

insomnia, the moderator of this community, has just been suspended by SixApart/LJ, without any reasons or warnings!! (I just talked to him)

This is not good!

Please let others know about this as well.

[Edit: He's back!]

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